Central Asian cuisine is to Moscow what Pan-Asian is to New York. Georgian, Armenian, Azeri, Uzbek, Tajik–if you’re a fan of any of the -stan countries, it’s a good place to visit.
Yesterday, I went to an Uzbek restaurant with a friend. Shurpa Cafe, Ulitsa Grusinskaya, d. 23-25, near the Belorusskiya Metro.
We ordered a large meal– shanhaiskiy pilaf, lamb shashlik (trans: kebab), garlic grenki (trans: fried croutons), and lamb dolma (trans: lamb and rice wrapped in grape leaves). Oh, and a pot of black tea to share.
The dolma was my favorite. The grape leaves kept the lamb inside savory and tender while adding an interesting texture to the dish. Filling, but not too heavy.
The pilaf or plov, as Uzbeks would call it, was not spectacular but quite good. The meat wasn’t the best quality, but the pilaf hit that perfect fried rice heaven between “too dry and dull” and “too greasy and heavy”.
And because it would be overkill to write a third post on where to find good croissants in Moscow, I’ll mention this here. There’s a good French bakery across the street from here called “Paul Bakery”. I had the best croissants filled with almond cream here! They not stingy with their fillings here. And that’s a good thing.